Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thailand to hold re-runs of disrupted election

Thailand's election commission says it will hold re-runs in April in some of the electoral districts where voting was cancelled in the general election earlier this month.

The commission announced on Tuesday that the re-runs will take place on April 27th in 39 of the affected districts.

The commission says it will arrange a separate schedule for 28 other disrupted districts where no candidates ran because protesters blocked the application procedures.

Sabotage by anti-government protesters forced voting to be cancelled in nearly 20 percent of all constituencies.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai Party is projected to win the election because the largest opposition Democrat Party boycotted the poll.

But protesters may try to disrupt the re-runs. Opposition parties have asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the election.

The situation in Thailand is unlikely to become stable anytime soon.